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A Christian even an atheist can admire

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A Christian even an atheist can admire

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I write in response to the publication of the Reverend Sean Major-Campbell's sermon published in The Gleaner on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

AT LAST, a man of humanity and integrity in the Jamaican Christian church!

So far, what we have seen from the Church in Jamaica is enough to make anyone with both a brain and a heart refuse to have anything ever to do with religion again.

We have had Christians scapegoating and vilifying those whose sexuality is different (much as in the relatively recent past children who were left-handed, were beaten and forced to use their right hands, even at the cost of becoming stammerers or failing generally at school, though at least their lives were not threatened, as those of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community are).

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We have had Christians asserting that a husband owns his wife's body, that he is entitled to force her to have sex, because "there is no such thing as rape within marriage", as one letter writer recently claimed. We have heard Christians defending the beating and murder of a teenager, because (s)he was transgender and had decided to present herself as what her brain told her she was, i.e. a girl.

We have heard Christians demanding discrimination against LGBTIs, refusing them their human rights, yet we hear nothing from them about demanding accountability for police brutality and unlawful killings. We hear nothing from them about the misgovernment and corruption which characterise the political system in this country. We hear nothing about creating opportunities for learning and employment for our youth and our poor.

I am myself an atheist, but this does not prevent me from respecting the views of religious-minded people, where these views are rational, compassionate and progressive. Here in Reverend Major-Campbell, we are finally seeing a Christian with the courage to rebuke his narrow-minded flock (some of whom appear ready to justify any irrationality, any atrocity, with the words that "the Bible tells me so"), the integrity to speak out against injustice and inhumanity.

ANNIE.R. KITCHIN

anniekitchin@gmail.com

Brussels, Belgium